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A Conversation Larger Than the Universe

Readings in Science Fiction and the Fantastic 1762–2017

With an Introduction by John Crowley
This catalogue, which accompanied an exhibition held at the Grolier Club, argues for a broad description of science fiction that encompasses fantasy and horror. Beginning with the origins of science fiction during the Gothic Period, Henry Wessells contemplates such topics as the end of the world (and after), imaginary voyages, dystopia, women authors, literary innovation, humor, the Sixties, rock and roll, cyberpunk, and steampunk, as well as current trends in science fiction and the fantastic.

288 pages | color plates and halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2018


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"Erudite and altogether fascinating. . . In the year of Frankenstein's bicentennial, this is essential reading."

Publishers Weekly

"A gloriously meandering journey. . . It is like no conventional exhibition catalogue."


Andy Sawyer | Foundation

"Wessells is fascinated not only by books as objects, but by their contents as well: he's widely and deeply read in the field, and his 'conversations' with these books feel exactly like that."

Gary K. Wolfe | Locus

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